In recent days planning permission has been granted by Fermanagh and Omagh Council for a Memorial to be erected on the site of the 1987 Enniskillen Poppy Day Bomb. On Tuesday 26th July, The Ely Centre, were delighted to receive the positive news, granting planning permission for the Enniskillen Remembrance Memorial.
The Enniskillen Memorial Project will be the culmination of many years of dedication and hard work by the Ely Centre who have facilitated and supported the families of the bereaved to ensure that their loss and suffering is properly recognising in a befitting and appropriate way, and that this event and the suffering that it has caused for all effected is never forgotten and never repeated.
The Ely Centre would like to pay tribute to all the families for their support and encouragement from the early stages of the project, a spokesman stated “the families have been a source of inspiration, guidance and encouragement to all the team involved in the planning and fundraising elements of the project. It is our hope that on the 30th Anniversary of the Poppy Day Bomb when it is planned to unveil the memorial that it will be a source of remembrance and comfort to them and all effected at such a difficult time”
Furthermore the Ely Centre would like to pay tribute to those individuals, businesses and Organisations from across Northern Ireland and the Mainland who have generously donated to the project. The Centre have been humbled by the kindness of many organisations who have financially supported the project and as we approach the completion of our fundraising phase, we are all indebted to each and every one who has given of their time and resources to support this cause.
Finally The Ely Centre would like to pay tribute to staff of Fermanagh and Omagh Council for their professional and respectful support throughout this process. This process has been conducted in a sensitive and respectful manner and from an organisational perspective this has been appreciated.
Specialist stonemasons McConnell and Sons, who have completed works including The National Arboretum in Lichfield and the Princess Diana Memorial have been tasked with building the memorial. This work is scheduled to commence in the coming weeks with completion scheduled before the end of October 2017.
A 30th Anniversary Service of Remembrance and Thanksgiving is currently in development. The Memorial will be unveiled during this service. Further details of this event which will take place on 8th November 2017 will be announced in due course.